Super Speeders and Trauma Care

Travis Fain does yeoman’s work on the issue and proposed reforms. Governor Perdue wants to stick it to “super speeders” to fund trauma.

Peach Pundit has learned from several sources that Senate Republicans and some House Republicans are rejecting that idea because they think the people most likely to be repeat super speeders are typically poor, young, or illegal, i.e. the people most likely not to be able to pay the fines. Trust funds set up on the back of super speeders in the past have been typically underfunded as a result.

We’ve also learned that the Association County Commissioners of Georgia is prepared to come out against the proposal because many county commissions would view a new super speeder add on as money out of their counties’ pockets.

UPDATE: I spoke to a friend a little while ago who is intimately familiar with the inner-workings of this legislation and he says that no options are off the table. While I stand by the statement that I think the Senate GOP in particular is not a fan of using super-speeders to pay for Trauma Care, it may become, according to my friend, part of a multi-faceted effort to raise money for something that really is of utmost importance to this state.

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3 comments

  1. Inside_Man says:

    The apprehension to using super speeder fines stems from the unreliability of the funding source. A large portion of speeding fines are never paid, so there is no certainty that the fines would provide the needed $85 million annually. A basket of funding options is the best course.

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